§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make representations on behalf of British road hauliers to his counterparts in France, Germany and the Netherlands asking them to interpret the ruling that tachographs should be fitted to vehicles equipped to carry 10 or more passengers, such that it is the actual seating capacity, after structural modifications, which is taken into account rather than the original design capacity.
§ Mr. Fowler
Interpretation of the relevant Community legislation is a matter for the courts in the member States concerned, subject to appeal to the European Court. I am not, however, aware that any difficulties have arisen in practice.